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Any of several isomeric colorless flammable liquid hydrocarbons, C6H14, derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent and as a working fluid in low-temperature thermometers.


(Chemistry) a liquid alkane existing in five isomeric forms that are found in petroleum and used as solvents, esp the isomer with a straight chain of carbon atoms (n-hexane). Formula: C6H14
[C19: from hexa- + -ane]


(ˈhɛk seɪn)

any of five isomeric hydrocarbons, some of which are obtained from petroleum.
[< Greek héx six + -ane]
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Noun1.hexane - a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent
alkane, alkane series, methane series, paraffin series, paraffin - a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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The ethanol extract of the plant was extracted individually using separatory funnels with n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and n-butanol to give the n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, n-butanol and remaining H2O fractions (yields %: 10.
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The aim of this study was to determine the insecticidal and juvenomimetic activities of the n-hexane extracts of the aerial parts of "chilca," Senecio salignus DC.
The results showed that 5% n-Hexane in combination with 2% of H2O2 are the best sterilizing agents for both cultivars when compared to the efficacy of other chemicals.
Extraction was carried out with n-Hexane for 6 hours without interruption by heating around 60 to 70C.
All of the algae samples were extracted in the same way and methanol, n-hexane, ethyl acetate, acetone: hexane, and chloroform: methanol solvents were used.
To simulate a counter-flow type extraction process, the rod as prepared was submerged into an agitated bath of n-hexane at ~20[degrees]C for 0.
2]0 (9:1) (5 1) and partitioned with n-hexane (3 x 51) to yield the n-hexane extract (110 g).